Car bombs kill 51 in Baghdad neighbourhoods

RSTV Bureau

Iraqi medical and security officials say two car bombs have exploded in Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad which killed 51 people.

Police said the first attack happened in the Wednesday evening was a double car bombing in a shopping area of Sadr City, a Shiite neighborhood in the east of the city, killing 31 people and wounding 34 others.

Later on in the night, another car packed with explosives detonated in the nearby neighbourhood of Ur, also predominantly Shiite, killing 11 more people.

Medical officials confirmed the death toll and like police, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the press.

Baghdad has been on edge since the Sunni militants led by the Islamic State extremist group seized the northern city of Mosul in June and threatened the capital.

Baghdad has been on rim since Sunni militants led by the Islamic State group occupied large area of the country’s north, including the second largest city of Mosul. While the fighters have congested short of advancing on the capital, there has been a sturdy operation of car bombs in the city, though none this deadly.